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July 29, 2006

A Big Small World

Harry Wroth has a surprise encounter with the Chongs.

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July 22, 2006

Cricket

Is cricket a gentlemanly passtime? Harry Wroth has a friend who sees the game in a different light.

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July 15, 2006

A Thorny Problem

Harry Wroth tells how a vet literally saved his scalp in the African bush.

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July 08, 2006

At The Foot Of The Pass

Harry Wroth recalls his boyhood days in a South African railway camp during World War Two.

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July 01, 2006

But-One

Harry Wroth tells of the subterfuge and success of an odd-man-out.

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June 24, 2006

Overboard

Harry Wroth found himself swimming with the fish when he went to sea in a small boat.

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June 17, 2006

Them Stones

Harry Wroth tells of a mystery and a matchbox.

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June 10, 2006

Diamonds And Steam

Harry Wroth tells of a family friend who became big in diamonds.

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June 03, 2006

In Deed, Nothing Happens Here

Harry Wroth tells of the night a boarding house caught fire, and no fire hoses were to be found.

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May 27, 2006

Just For Kicks

Harry Wroth breaks a vital rule for visitors of Kruger Park, South Africa, and consequently has a lucky escape.

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May 20, 2006

Hopping Mad And Noah's Day

Harry Wroth encounters hopping seeds in Kruger Park.

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May 13, 2006

Rolling On And On And On...

Harry Wroth tells of a nightmare bus journey.

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May 06, 2006

The Fastidious Lady

Harry Wroth tells a grin-worthy tale.

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April 29, 2006

Do Not Leave The Castle

Harry Wroth has a high old time in Kruger Park watching the "residents'' of Castle Cheetah.

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April 22, 2006

Sponging

Harry Wroth reveals himelf as a practical joker.

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April 15, 2006

Live Steam

When Harry Wroth was ten years old he sometimes joined his father on the footplate of a steam locomotive while shunting operations were being carried out.

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April 08, 2006

A Good Turn

Harry Wroth produces a wooden "masterpiece''.

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April 01, 2006

Made To Measure

Harry Wroth's tale confirms that you need to be sure of your measurements when you order a new house.

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March 25, 2006

A Spirited Lady

"I tried sex once at 40, didn't like it and never did it again.''

Harry Wroth tells us of his astonishing maiden aunt.

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March 18, 2006

Looking Good

…The snake was in view for about two minutes moving silently and slowly through the clearing… Harry Wroth pays another visit to Kruger Park.

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March 11, 2006

Thoughts Of A Coffin

There, staring in through the car’s windscreen, was a huge black mamba snake. Harry Wroth comes too close to danger.

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March 04, 2006

A Gravel Highway To Paradise

Thousands of elephants. A jackal hunting for its breakfast? Harry Wroth goes driving in the African bush.

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February 25, 2006

Dead Engines, Live Game

...We had sailed for five days when all of a sudden the main engines stopped. I knew from the satellite navigational tracker on the bridge that we were thousands of kilometres from either the African or South American coasts and that there was at least 5000 metres of water below our keel!... Harry Wroth recalls a voyage from South Africa to Antwerp.

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February 18, 2006

Little Girls

Affectionate grandfather Harry Wroth tells tales about his grand-daughters when they were young.

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February 11, 2006

Pickled Onions

Harry Wroth tells us his method of pickling onions.

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February 04, 2006

Philosophy

In Harry Wroth's tale a labourer's response to his employer's questions sums up South African attitudes at a certain point in that country's history.

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January 28, 2006

Bethulie

Harry Wroth tells a funny-sad tale in five short paragraphs.

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January 21, 2006

A Chance Meeting

"It was a delightful hot midday at a watering point south west of Satara and the wife and I were watching some warthogs and giraffes lolling about...'' Harry Wroth whisks you away to the heart of Africa with his opening sentence.

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January 14, 2006

Tale Of A Skaap

When you are trying to survey the site of a stock watering dam on a South African farm make sure there are no inquisitve sheep around, as Harry Wroth reveals. By the way, skaap is the Afrikaans word for a sheep.

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January 07, 2006

An Oily And Greasy Subject

Harry Wroth tells of the day the oilmen came to South Africa.

Harry will be writing regularly for Open Writing in the coming weeks, sharing his experiences of life in South Africa.

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